Frank Weise
Born: 8/10/1918, Died: 1/31/2003
Brooklyn, NY native Frank Weise (born Frank Weiss) moved with his family to Philadelphia at a young age. After graduating from Simon Gratz High School in the city, Weise studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He distinguished himself as a student, completing a B. Arch. with honors in 1942, and winning awards in freehand drawing and a first medal from the Beaux Arts Institute of Design his final year. After completing his degree, he worked briefly in the office of George Howe and Louis I. Kahn, where he contributed to several of the war housing projects in the office. Weise went on to Harvard studying under Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, completing an M. Arch. in 1945. That same year, he studied design at the progressive and experimental Black Mountain College, in Black Mountain, NC.After World War II, Weise was based in Chicago, IL, working on the planning of Michael Reese Hospital under Reginald Reginald Isaacs followed by architectural work at the office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

In 1949, while in the office of Loebl, Schlossman & Bennett, he worked on the design of Park Forest, IL, a residential and commercial development intended for returning GI's and their families.
Weise returned to Philadelphia around 1949 and established his own office. In the early 1960s he led a group of the city's architects in an effort to redesign the proposed path of Interstate 95 through one of the oldest parts of Philadelphia along the Delaware River. Weise's group succeeded in having a portion of the highway depressed below street level, retaining some access from the city to the riverfront.

Weise was involved in a number of other important architectural and cultural projects in the city. In the 1970s, Weise's projects included the restoration and renovation of Head House Square in the Society Hill neighborhood. In the 1980s, he worked on the question of adapting John Haviland's landmark Eastern State Penitentiary. Weise was among the founders of the city's Wilma Theater and the Theater of the Living Arts.
Weise taught at a variety of institutions, including the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and the Moore School of Art and the Philadelphia Museum College of Art.
Biography from the American Architects and Buildings database Written by Emily T. Cooperman.

Frank Weise's personal residence

The first home is Frank's personal studio/home that was a work in progress for him over many decades.  The home has recently been beautifully restored by the architects's daughter and her husband.


Additional homes by Frank Weise

The Carner Residence 1951





The Sheppard House by Frank Weise 1950-1952



The Bernard Weise Residence (1950-51) for Frank's brother

This stunning home has been fully restored with all new systems, and is currently for sale. Please contact me if you are interested in seeing this home.  The steel support gives this home the appearance of a floating 2nd floor and a glorious open feel on the lower floor.  This is one of my favorite homes in the Philadelphia area. 

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                            kitchen by St Charles Kitchens of NYC, also used by Philip Johnson in the Glass House  


Frank Weise in Collingswood N.J.                                                      

Frank Weise, 1952, Swarthmore Pa, Eisenbud Residence

Photos below are of the Klein Residence 1952-1955 Frank Weise

The first two photos show the home as it appeared in c1960 when the second owners purchased the two story house, built into a hillside, with only the upper level visible from the street. The original interior of the house had an open floor plan with rooms separated for the most part by movable shoji screens and partial height walls.  The glazed end walls featured Mondrian-like mullion patterns.  The original roof was designed to always hold water for insulation purposes, but the weight proved excessive and a rubber roof was installed instead. The second owners built a narrow roof extension on the street side of the house.  They also removed an original cantilevered deck in the 1960's when a new house was built on an adjacent lot.  In 2005, the current owners, architect Ted Agoos and artist Elizabeth Wilson made extensive interior and exterior renovations as well as a rooftop addition seen below.    photo credits back view summer:Erik Johnson, front view evening photo: Robert Snow


lower 2 photos 2005


after rooftop 2005 addition by Ted Agoos

photo by Erik Johnson


evening photo by Robert Snow


Charles Oller Residence 1953-1954
3800 sq ft. house, contractor P Bernheimer the J.L. Dicktee, East Falls section of Philadelphia


additional homes by Frank Weise

Frank Weise on Valley Forge Mountain 1967

This home is built around a stone courtyard.  The stonework was designed by Weise and it has the look of old farm buildings of Chester County found near this home.  After entering through the courtyard past the artist studio, the walls of windows extend around the exterior of the living spaces.  Floor to ceiling glass in the living room is divided by the grand walk through fireplace leading to an rear deck.

stone courtyard entrance


rear side view. living room on right, family room closer


walk through fireplace in living room



more classic mid-century entrance and side patio


the Modern home below was designed by Frank in the 1970s in Bucks County


greatly altered 


Overview of Philadelphia Area Mid-Century Modern Residential Architecture  (below on this page)   Photo overview   followed by brief written overview of Philadelphia mid-century architects  .

Time Line  of area modern homes from 1930's to today
 Mid-Century Modern Homes
Architects Who Designed Mid-Century Modern Homes in the Philadelphia Region    
 photographs of the regional homes designed by each architect are included
 Allan Berkowitz  Louis Kahn  George Nakashima
 Edward Bernstein  Vincent Kling  Richard Neutra
 Robert Bishop  Thaddeus Longstreth  Norman Rice
Frank Boyer  William Lescaze  Paul Rudolph
 Marcel Breuer  Joel Levinson  Galen Schlosser
 Armand Carroll  Thomas Mangan  Harry Sternfeld
 Albert Clauss  Irving Maitin  Irwin Stein
 Nathan Cronheim  George Mebus  Oscar Stonorov
 George Daub  Ehrman Mitchell  Frank Weise
 Kenneth Day  Newcomb Montgomery  Frank Lloyd Wright
Agoos/ Lovera LaVardera, Greg Re:Vision Architecture
Bloomfield and Associates M. G. Leach Rosenblum, Martin
Bower Lewis Thrower Metcalfe Architecture Stanev Potts
Culbert, Doug McDonald, Tim/Onion Flats Tarantino Studio
Erdy McHenry Moto Design Shop Verner, Steven
Interface Studio QB3 Webber, Brett
Jibe Design Michael Ryan Architects Wesley Wei Architects
Kieran Timberlake Rasmussen/Su Wesley Architects
Krieger & Associates
Wyant Architecture


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